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Indian Princely State (17 guns)

Last modified: 2003-06-21 by rob raeside
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[Cochin] by Jorge Candeias

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17 guns
1931 area 1,417 square miles
1931 population 1,205,000
Ed Haynes, 3 April 1996

Cochin Region was a former state, SW India, on Malabar Coast; merged 1949 with Travancore forming state of Travancore and Cochin, which became in 1956 part of new state of Kerala; area 1493 square miles; capital Ernakulam. Title: Rajah.

History (mainly of Cochin-city): Portuguese factory founded by Vasco da Gama 1502; fort built by Albuquerque 1503, first European fort in India; British settled 1635 but forced out by Dutch 1663, under whom town became important trade center; came under sovereignty of Haidar Ali 1776 but was surrendered by his son Tipu Sahib to the British 1791; occupied by British 1795 and fortifications destroyed; formally ceded by Dutch 1814. Burial place of Albuquerque. Present name: Kochi.
Jarig Bakker, 11 November 1998

Keralan nationalists resisted inclusion in India and attempted to declare the region independent in August 1947. Nations Without States calls a horizontal tricolor of red, yellow and turquoise "the Keralan national flag, the traditional flag of the state."
Ned Smith, 10 March 2001

Cochin Red Ensign

[Cochin Red Ensign] by Blas Delgado Ortiz

Flag based on image by Ziggioto (1998) - no information on the colour of the badge.  It might be black and white.
Blas Delgado Ortiz, 2 December 2002